YBCA’s Rapid Response Fund is an investment in the community, by the community, for the community.

The Rapid Response Fund enables YBCA to respond to urgent needs that affect our community’s well-being. This fall, donors to the Fund enabled YBCA to transform its facility into a supervised Community Hub, providing access to safe and digitally-connected space for distance learning for at-risk students from Bessie Carmichael Elementary School’s 2nd – 5th-grade through March 2020. 

Today, your tax-deductible gift to the Rapid Response Fund provides critical support for the SF Creative Corps and seeds the Rapid Response Fund so that YBCA can continue to prioritize the needs of the community as they arise. With the SF Creative Corps, a pilot program led by YBCA in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, we’re employing artists, musicians, performers, and muralists to provide creative messaging and education in public spaces throughout San Francisco to encourage COVID-19 safe behavior. In service of hiring and empowering artists to share joy and inspiration at a time when we need it most, these Community Health Ambassadors will educate and inspire people to care for themselves and others in their community.

The SF Creative Corps initiative is guided by the knowledge that the arts are a powerful tool for public communication and emotional healing, and buoyed by a coalition of city and public-benefit organizations. This coalition would not be complete without YOU. 

Special thanks to the Rapid Response Fund donors:

Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla

Amalgamated Bank

Anonymous (7)

Anonymous San Francisco Family

Ruth Asawa Fund

Thomas Both

Steven Brock

Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler

Joanne Chow Winship

Diana Cohn and Craig Merrilees

Ben Davis

Amanda Fanniff

Julie Felner

Teresa Ferrari

Joshua Ferrey

Laura Folger

Tracy Freedman

Mark Freeman

Brittany Fritsch

Gwen Gibson

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Michelle Hammar

Theresa Jones

Antje Kann and Dave Maltz

Hannah Kenney

Karen Koster

Emily Lakin

Amandine Lee

Margaret Lee

Marcy Levine

Gayle and Ben Lidman

Margaret Lynch

Christy Mack

Jonathan Manzo

Elizabeth Meyer

Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson

MOCA Foundation

Maxine Moerman

Kirsten Moy

Randy Nakano

Alison Nakashima

Patrick O’Halloran

K. Oberhaus and L. Gathers

Palumbo Design

Robert and Marcia Popper

Michele Praeger

Leslie and Merle Rabine

Wiebke Raven

Elizabeth Reed

Jose Rodriguez

Maggie Ronan

Sharon Simpson

Kevin Smokler

Barbara Sonneborn

Srinija Srinivasan

Roselyne C. Swig

David Teitel

Adrienne Torf

Tuggeranong Community Arts Association Inc

Urbin Inc.

David Joseph Weber and Renu Agrawal

Robert Weiner

Gail Weininger

Lynne Winslow

Susan Wolf

Mitchell and Kristen Yawitz

Rauny Worm